The Washington Post reports that President Trump’s obsession with building a huge new wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — the one he promised Mexico would pay for — has reached megalomaniacal proportions. In order to get some miles built by Election Day, the president is urging aides to “take the land” of farmers and ranchers on the border, and assuring those who sidestep contracting requirements in the process that they’ll get presidential pardons.
If there’s a Republican on Capitol Hill troubled by this running roughshod over both private property and the rule of law, we haven’t heard so much as a mumble.
Presidents swear an oath to faithfully execute the office. Most take it seriously.
With wide bipartisan support, the Secure Fence Act of 2006 authorized a 700-mile fence. Under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the feds used eminent domain to claim much of that territory. Because land owners have rights, it was a long and tricky process.
Eventually, 654 miles of fence were built. Litigation is tying up the rest in courts.
Today, Trump wants as much of his precious 1,300-mile primarily concrete barrier as possible, due process be damned.
Meanwhile, there is barely a murmur of protest as this Republican President unilaterally pays out billions in taxpayer dollars to farmers to protect livelihoods endangered by his own trade war, as the debt and deficit widen.
We interrupt years of lectures on fealty to the Constitution, limited government, fiscal responsibility and picking winners and losers to bring you this ugly bulldozing of supposed Republican principles.